Faris Maumoon, Maldivian MP and Former President Maumon Abdul Gayoom’s Son, was sentenced to 4 months and 24 days in prison on 27th June by the Maldive’s criminal court on the charges of identity fraud.
The latest development is reported just two weeks after Abdul Gayoom himself was sentenced to 19 months in prison for obstruction of justice and attempting to overthrow a legal Government.
Faris Maumoon had been detained since February last year on the charges of identity fraud, bribery and terrorism after Gayoom’s failed attempt to challenge President Yameen’s parliamentary majority by joining forces with the opposition.
Faris will be facing separate trials for bribery and terrorism charges leveled against him in the coming days.
Dunya Maumoon, the former foreign minister of Maldives and Faris Maumoon’s sister had expressed her grief over the difficult times her family is going through, a press release issued today on behalf of Dunya Maumoon said.
”I sincerely hope that our justice system will serve proper justice and both my father and brother will be reunited with the family soon. My family and I thank all those who have extended prayers and well wishes during this painful and difficult time” the statement quoted Dunya as tweeting.
Faris Maumoon was instrumental in setting up the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and winning the Digharu province bi election that consolidated the power of the incumbent President Yameen’s Government.
Since declaring state of emergency in February last year, President Yameen’s Government has arrested 9 of Gayoom’s allies including Gayoom himself, his son Faris Maumoon and son in law Ahmed Nadheem on various charges.
With the presidential election set for 23rd September this year, Yameen regime’s continued harassment of opposition has received negative criticism from the international community including USA, UK, EU and India.
The Australian High Commission in a recently issued statement expressed their concerns over ”actions taken by the Maldives Government that undermine democracy and democratic institutions and reduce the prospect that the upcoming Presidential Election can be free and fair”.
Australia called on the ”Maldives Government to release political prisoners and permit legitimate opposition activity, which is essential for any election to be credible”. (Colombo Gazette)